Los Angeles Times - - SATURDAY - BY TERRY GARD­NER

It’s that time of year when we cel­e­brate the hol­i­days and end up with a hang­over. ¶ We asked nu­tri­tion­ist Frances Large­man-Roth for tips to avoid such a rude awak­en­ing. Her first sug­ges­tion? Limit your­self to just one al­co­holic drink. (Yeah, we don’t like that ad­vice, ei­ther. ) Any­thing more con­trib­utes to that hang­over, she said. ¶ Mixed drinks with mul­ti­ple types of al­co­hol, or sug­ary add-ons, also leads to ex­cess calo­ries and that hang­over feel­ing. If you sus­pect you might have more than one drink on New Year’s Eve, here are a few brands we found that might help side­step hang­overs. And if you’re the des­ig­nated driver, we have a non­al­co­holic op­tion so you can still join the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Or­ganic kom­bucha

Three friends from Ocean Beach in San Diego launched Boochcraft to cre­ate an or­ganic 7% ABV kom­bucha with in­gre­di­ents sourced mainly from lo­cal farms. The non-GMO and or­ganic drinks are made in sea­sonal f la­vors in ad­di­tion to four core va­ri­eties that in­clude Ap­ple Lime Jas­mine and Grape­fruit Hi­bis­cus Heather. Boochcraft kom­cucha is avail­able at Whole Foods Mar­ket and BevMo! for about $7.99 per 22ounce bot­tle. The brand sup­ports projects that im­prove ac­cess to or­ganic food and ed­u­cate peo­ple about cli­mate change. Info:

A wine with fewer carbs

Two friends who are pas­sion­ate about main­tain­ing an ac­tive life­style founded FitVine to craft wines with less sugar and fewer calo­ries with­out sac­ri­fic­ing f la­vor. Most of their wines can be found lo­cally at Whole Foods, and most sell for less than $20. FitVine wines also go through an ex­tended fer­men­ta­tion process to cut sul­fites, which might con­trib­ute to headaches for some im­bibers. The line in­cludes Chardon­nay, Pinot Noir and Prosecco. New: A “rich, bold, pow­er­ful” hol­i­day red, $23.99. Info: fitvinewin­

Some­thing spe­cial for the DD

Laura Tay­lor cre­ated Min­gle Mock­tails to of­fer some­thing spe­cial for the he­roes of any party — the des­ig­nated driv­ers — and those ab­stain­ing from al­co­hol. These mock­tails have fewer calo­ries and are lightly sweet­ened with or­ganic cane sugar and nat­u­ral fruit ex­tracts than typ­i­cal cel­e­bra­tory bev­er­ages. There are four f la­vors: Cran­berry Cosmo, Melon Mo­jito, Black­berry Hi­bis­cus Bellini and Moscow Mule. (A typ­i­cal cran­berry cosmo has about 100 calo­ries. Min­gle’s has about 40, and no hang­over as a bonus.) Each costs $8.99 and is avail­able on­line from Min­gle, and Ama­ Info: min­gle­mock­


This small, craft te­quila brand is a low­sugar op­tion for some­one look­ing to cut calo­ries: Nosotros Te­quila Blanco was se­lected the World’s Best Te­quila in the San Fran­cisco World Spirit Com­pe­ti­tion in 2017. Founder Car­los Soto said both the Blanco ($39) and Re­posado ($44) can be sipped on their own and that the Re­posado, which is aged for 11 months, of­fers notes of cin­na­mon ver­sus the pep­pery tone found in the Blanco. Avail­able at BevMo, To­tal Wine and More and Bris­tol Farms; 1% from the sale of each bot­tle is do­nated to Waves for Wa­ter, a non­profit bring­ing clean wa­ter to peo­ple in need. Info: nosotroste­

With a twist

Batiste Rhum is pro­duced from nonGMO sugar cane juice har­vested from a plan­ta­tion on Marie-Galante, an is­land in the French Caribbean, us­ing a process that is said to keep the sugar con­tent low — and the calo­ries in check. (In French, “rum” is “rhum.”) Try the Batiste Sil­ver ($24.99) or Gold ($27.99) with sparkling wa­ter and a lime twist over sweeter, more caloric cock­tails. Batiste can be pur­chased at select Whole Foods Mar­kets or on­line from K&L Wine Mer­chants. Info: batis­ter­

Min­gle Mock­tails

YOU and your des­ig­nated driver could cel­e­brate non­al­co­holi­cally with, say, Min­gle Mock­tails. Oth­er­wise, study what’s in the glass.

Min­gle Mock­tails

FitVine Wine

Batiste Rhum


Nosotros Te­quila

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